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February 26, 2006

misadventures of the amazing flying fag

Saturday was clothes shopping day with my friend Ghurielle (not Gurl) downtown before my workout. More on waist size shock on Fat Tuesday, but it was a good time to replace some overly-tight and grungy-looking work pants. I had a nice workout afterwards, and loaded up my shopping bag string loops on the handlebars to head home. My gym bag was too packed to hold all of my clothes.

Now normally when I haul my groceries home on my bike from Safeway, their standard-sized bags hang nicely from my handlebars, as long as I balance their weight correctly. Overly loaded, I am often mistaken for a crazy homeless person, particularly by certain bloggers who spot me late at night. On that note, I was also mistaken for a homeless person by yet another blogger one evening, standing there bearded in my bulky parka. I think I need more new clothes.

Anyway, with Gap bag hanging from my handlebars, I head north on 18th Street having left my gym on Connecticut Ave. in downtown DC. Crossing a very busy intersection by Starbucks, my entire bag of pants gets pulled into my front wheel spokes and brake array, stopping my bike completely. Yet I kept moving forward, flying over the handlebars and onto the asphalt. It must have looked spectacular, as the normally self-absorbed DC people rushed to me, gasping in horror. I was fine, when asked if I was alright, I had to answer, "I'm fine, but I think my new pants are RUINED!"

I really am fine, but a spoke broke off my front wheel, the rim of which is also bent beyond repair. I think the brakes are totalled as well. Those Gap pants are rugged!

Aside from a delayed opening forcing the DC bloggeratti to wait in the cold, Blowoff was a riot yet again last night. Too many bloggers to link on a morning where my homework is due, but I hear tell yet another blog is born.

Posted by jimbo at February 26, 2006 12:40 PM


may i suggest a pair of these and a rack
glad you're ok tho!

Posted by: kiri at February 26, 2006 2:27 PM

yowsers! ...and it always happens when there are LOTS of people around too.

Posted by: moby at February 27, 2006 1:49 AM

Scabs and skinned knees are HOT! You made up for it later, though.

No bike and no mans: it's depressing. At least your pants are ok, that's the important thing.

Posted by: copperred at February 27, 2006 1:01 PM

All the people around me were remarkably concerned and helpful, actually.

Posted by: jimbo at February 27, 2006 1:08 PM

werent u the homeless guy giving out free bj's in the bathroom?

Posted by: joe at February 28, 2006 12:14 AM